Concerned about an imminent Mueller indictment and the corresponding media frenzy, Donald Trump Jr. has reportedly fled to Canada on a “hunting trip.”
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Vanity Fair and others are reporting that Donald Trump Jr. has gone to Canada for a hunting trip to avoid media backlash in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s anticipated “bomb.”
As Vanity Fair reported, Donald Trump Jr. was the topic of conversation last week at a holiday gathering at Washington D.C.’s St. Regis, celebrating the recent engagement of former Trump campaign staffer and CNN contributor David Urban.
Reporting on the party, Vanity Fair reported one party goer as stating that while “It was a garrulous holiday party,” “people were worried about Mueller.”
At the party, there was talk about Don Jr.’s ongoing legal exposure. “Don is very worried,” the attendee said. According to the source, Don Jr. departed this week on a hunting trip to Canada. “They think the bomb’s coming this week, and he doesn’t want to be anywhere near a microphone if the bomb drops,” the source said. In addition to fears that Don Jr. may have lied to Congress, he’s also said to be worried about his role as an executive at the Trump Organization. Last Friday, Michael Cohen’s lawyers revealed that Cohen cooperated with the New York State Attorney General on matters relating to the Trump Organization finances.
Those concerns echo remarks by Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano last Wednesday who also stated that Trump Jr. is concerned about being indicted. According to Mediaite, “Napolitano joined Mediaite founder and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams on his SiriusXM show today to discuss the big news from the Michael Flynn sentencing memo” filed in federal court last Tuesday.
Asked by Abrams if he expected an indictment of anyone in Trump’s inner circle, Napolitano responded “yes,” adding “I don’t know who, but I do know that Donald Jr. has told friends he expects to be indicted.”
“Do you expect he’d be indicted?” Abrams followed up. “Yes,” Napolitano replied.
Think Progress also offered confirmation of those concerns last week, reporting that: “The president’s oldest son apparently is aware that he’s in serious legal jeopardy. Trump Jr. has reportedly told friends that he’s very worried about being indicted.”
Think Progress also detailed concerns regarding the truthfulness of Trump Jr.’s truthfulness when speaking to Congress.
Amid the many details in Cohen’s latest plea deal with Mueller was the disclosure that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, likely lied to Congress about his family’s business in Russia.
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN last week that she believed Trump Jr. had lied to Congress on two occasions.
Asked by CNN‘s Brianna Keilar: “Do you think Donald Trump Jr. lied to your committee,” Speier replied: “I believe he did.”
Asked about specifics, Speier responded: “I don’t really want to go into it at this point, but I think there’s at least two occasions when he lied to the committee.”
Following up on those claims that Trump Jr. lied to Congress, Reuters reported last week that “Democrats… plan to send Special Counsel Robert Mueller the transcripts of testimony by some of President Donald Trump’s closest associates so they can be reviewed for evidence and possible falsehoods, said three sources familiar with the matter.”
Continuing, Reuters added that:
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, son Donald Trump Jr, former advisers Roger Stone and Corey Lewandowski, personal aide Rhona Graff and former personal aides Hope Hicks and Keith Schiller all testified before the House Intelligence Committee while it was under control of its outgoing Republican majority.
The sources said the transcripts of those interviews will be among those sent to Mueller’s team, which is investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign team.
While Trump Jr.’s eventual fate remains unclear – speaking for myself, one thing is certain – my desire that he never return to the USA.
Rep. Jackie Speier believes Donald Trump Jr. lied to House Intel Committee on "at least two occasions" pic.twitter.com/lvBxHY6VVe
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